RENO, Nev. – Junior Katie Holverson struck out seven and Brittany Puzey homered as the Nevada softball team won its eighth straight game with a 2-1 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday at Hixson Park.
Sophomore Danielle Patrick, the reigning WAC Hitter of the Week, drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Wolf Pack ran its home winning streak to 22 straight and improved to 20-9 overall. Colorado State fell to 13-15.
Holverson picked up her 11th complete game as she scattered five hits and yielded just one run. She improved to 11-6 on the season.
For five and a half innings, it was a classic pitchers’ duel between Holverson and the Rams’ Kellie Eubanks. Each took a shutout into the sixth inning but Puzey put Nevada on top in the bottom of the sixth. The senior outfielder hit a solo shot – her sixth home run of the season – to left center to give Nevada a 1-0 lead.
But Colorado State broke through in the top of the seventh. Lyssa Roberts was hit by a pitch and she moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Caitlan Stem doubled to score Roberts and tie the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Nevada got runners on first and second with two outs. Sam Bias, who had walked, moved from second to third on a Eubanks’ wild pitch. Danielle Patrick then singled to shallow right-center to score Bias and give Nevada the win.
Nevada returns to action on Saturday as it opens up conference play with a three-game series against New Mexico State. The Pack and Aggies – two of the top hitting teams in the nation – will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. First pitch both days is 1 p.m.